N.dollars 11.4 million of MoEAC budget to go to salaries

01 Apr 2019 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 APR (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) is set to spend N.dollars 11.4 billion of its N.dollars 13.7 billion budget on salaries.
This was announced by the ministry’s Executive Director, Sanet Steenkamp, at the opening of the MoEAC Annual Review of the 2018/2019 financial year and the Validation of the Annual Plans for 2019/2020 financial year here on Monday.
“With the wage bill as it is, ladies and gentlemen, and with our N.dollars 13.7 billion allocation to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, N.dollars 11.4 billion is going towards salaries,” Steenkamp said.
The education ministry has perennially received around 20 per cent of the national budget.
Steenkamp said MoEAC has the highest wage bill nationally, yet the lowest national planning review rating, which is 21 per cent out of all the ministries.
As a result of the high wage bill, the ministry is set to trim the number of employees extensively and make significant restructuring decisions.
“All of us, head office and the regions. I’m asking you to go back to the drawing board, back to our offices, sit with our staff and come up with a revised new structure that we will need to submit where you trim extensively,” Steenkamp directed.
Steenkamp emphasised that the ministry will have to function without certain positions including senior management and the administrative staff members, without specifying the positions.
Speaking at the same event, the ministry’s Director of Finance, Levinia Karises pointed out that their research has found that there are no ghost teachers in the ministry, however it should not be ruled out.
“The matching of the Fifteen School Day [Survey] 2018 and the payroll completed successfully (showed) no evidence of ghost teachers. However, we do not rule it out 100 per cent,” Karises said.
The Fifteenth School Day Survey captures data about schools as recorded on the fifteenth school day of every year.
Furthermore, the annual review and planning, which started on Monday and will end on Thursday, will allow directors from the 14 different regions to review the previous year and outline their needs.